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With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering are enormous to you, your family, and your community! The right match can help you find friends, reach out to the community, learn new skills, and even advance your career. Volunteering can also help protect your mental and physical health, and here at the Park, that is our #1 goal! Take a minute to learn more about the many benefits of volunteering and learn how to get started as a volunteer at Washington Township Park!
Benefits of volunteering #1: Volunteering connects you to others
Benefits of volunteering #2: Volunteering is good for your mind and body
Benefits of volunteering #3: Volunteering can advance your career
Benefits of volunteering #4: Volunteering brings fun and fulfillment to your life
Getting the most out of volunteering!
You’re donating your valuable time, so it’s important that you enjoy and benefit from your volunteering. It’s important to make sure that your volunteer position is a good fit and to communicate with the people you’re working with in the volunteer organization.
Ask questions. You want to make sure that the experience is right for your skills, your goals, and the time you want to spend. If you have any questions, be sure to speak up. Sample questions to your volunteer coordinator might address your time commitment, if there’s any training involved, who you will be working with, and what to do if you have questions during your experience.
Make sure you know what’s expected. Before starting, make sure you are comfortable with the organization, know what is expected, and understand the time commitment. Consider starting small so that you don’t over commit yourself at first. Give yourself some flexibility to change your focus if needed.
Don’t be afraid to make a change. Speak up if your experience isn’t what you expected. Don’t force yourself into a bad fit. Talk to the organization about changing your focus or consider looking for another match.
Enjoy yourself. Most importantly, make sure you’re having fun! The best volunteer experiences benefit both the volunteer and the organization. If you’re not enjoying yourself, ask yourself why. Is it the tasks you’re performing? The people you’re working with? Or are you uncomfortable simply because the situation is new and familiar? Pinpointing what’s bothering you can help you decide how to proceed.
Here at Washington Township Park, we care deeply about the well-being of our community members and want to do whatever it is we can to ensure we are positively contributing to your life! Sometimes, there are opportunities for involvement in the Park that are not obvious to even our staff, but that doesn't mean that we don't want to explore them! Please feel free to provide us with a filled out Volunteer Request Form and indicate your desires and/or ideas for helping us to provide the best version of a park possible! Indicate whether you have a specific project in mind that you would like to volunteer for, or if you would just like to be a part of our ever expanding list of community members who love to dig right in and help out as the need arises! We look forward to seeing you in our Park and hope that we can provide you with many opportunities for growth!